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  1. These kinds of things are team efforts. Even though the writer is an important part of production, they aren't responsible for everything.
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    Season 9, Episode 13: Between Dark and Dawn

    @WaterPulse@Metemponychosis It sounds like the episode wasn't so good, and I can't say that I'm surprised because I don't know how one fixes 9 years of fuck ups. I think Celestia in concept is fine. It's the creative team that needs to stay away from the alicorn sisters. Since season 6? I don't think they were ever handled well outside of rather minor moments in the case of Celestia and outside of CMC dream episodes for Luna. I guess Celestia may have been fine in season 1, but the show's later fuck ups just make her season 1 self look worse or at the very least not help her season 1 self.
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    Another MLP:FIM review thread

    I'm wondering if I should review the season 9 premiere first or wait until all of it has aired to see how the season began and ended. The show is pretty episodic, so I might instead ramble about "Sparkle's Seven" (assuming I'm interested enough) or "Between Dark and Dawn" (more likely as it features the alicorn sisters, but I'm not expecting much) before the season premiere.
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    Another MLP:FIM review thread

    School Raze The episode first shows Derpy delivering mail to the school. I remember Derpy being portrayed as a mailpony among the fandom, but I don’t remember why nor do I even care why. Thus, I don’t really care to see her right now. I feel like mentioning that I never cared for Derpy, not even when she first spoke in “The Last Roundup” from season 2. Wow, what a long time ago. As befitting of her name, she crashes into the school and drops her mail, with Cozy Glow picking up after her as well as trying to help around the school. Outside of “School Daze” and “Horse Play,” I haven’t seen the other season 8 episodes, so I don’t know what the show has done with her before this episode. So, my comments about Cozy Glow will only apply to whatever she does in this episode. Apparently, she is already Twilight’s friendship assistant. Outside of providing some help, I have no idea what that purpose position is supposed to serve. One certainly doesn’t need to be a “friendship assistant” just to be helpful. I could think of another pony who should sign up for a position like that, but given the show’s nature, she would fuck up her application. I know that Cozy Glow is trying to conceal her villainous nature because she would otherwise have just attacked right then and there (or sooner even), but that position still seems random to me because it doesn’t seem to have any real purpose. Twilight is in her office doing her thing, and she realizes that she’s late for a field trip to Cloudsdale with some students. Thankfully, Cozy Glow patched that problem ahead of time as well as helping with various other small tasks, which are all met with praise and gratitude from Twilight. Twilight even wondered aloud what she would do without Cozy Glow. Too bad some certain alicorn was never this helpful to Twilight. I know Cozy Glow is trying to look good to avoid suspicion, but it’s fucking bullshit that even a character with a hidden villainous nature is still more genuinely productive despite having ulterior motives than the major figure Twilight has a personal connection to and also looks up to. This may be a petty complaint, but that’s how I feel because I hate wasted potential. I’ll talk more about that wasted potential later. Next, it’s Rainbow Dash conducting the field trip at Cloudsdale. Starlight has casted a spell to allow non-pegasus characters to walk on the clouds, but one of the students suddenly falls through a cloud. She tries to use her magic to lift the student, but her horn fizzles instead, and then all other wingless characters including herself start falling as well. The winged characters save the wingless characters, and RD and Starlight report this disaster to Twilight. Twilight thinks that Starlight might have done something wrong, and what follows is an amusing moment with Starlight showing explicit irritation. Her facial expression really sells it. Twilight tries to get a book off a shelf only for the book to unexpectedly drop because her own magic also fizzled, and Starlight immediately shoots back with the same comment. It’s an admittedly good way of showing that Starlight is not only aware of her magical competence but also proud of it. Now if only another magical pony could’ve shown any kind of actual competence and power in the show. Yes, I’m that petty, and I won’t stop making these petty complaints. Rarity show ups and also reveals that her spells aren’t working, and now the main characters are fully aware of this mysterious problem. Cozy Glow mentions another villain creature that consumes magic (do all centaurs consume magic?), and I didn’t know that Tirek was mentioned in one of the season 8 episodes, not that I cared to know. Spike barges through the door, but he chokes on a letter from Princess Celestia because of the failing magic. Hey, he has wings, and it was definitely after “Horse Play” as he was wingless in that episode. Needless to say, I also don’t care about this development. By the way, how does Princess Celestia send letters through Spike? When Twilight does it, Spike just scorches the letter with his presumably magical flames. What does Princess Celestia use? I guess her own magic. Oh goody, one instance where Princess Celestia can do something slightly useful with her magic. The main characters plus Cadance get the letter and head to Canterlot to discuss the situation. A mailpony suddenly appears during the discussion, and I’m surprised that it’s not Derpy as she appeared at the beginning of the episode. It’s a letter from Star Swirl. He reports and confirms that magic is fading from all over Equestria. Outside of occasionally sending letters through Spike and I guess moving the sun, I can’t imagine Princess Celestia actually getting affected that much. By the way, Luna mentioned potions also failing at the beginning of the discussion. So, I guess potions need magic to function as well? I don’t remember if that was the case at all in the show as ponies would just mix random ingredients to make potions. Then again, potions tend to be magical in fiction, so whatever. Star Swirl, being an actual expert with magic and spells, reports that Equestria’s magic will fade away forever if the problem is left unchecked. Cadance asks why this is happening, but Luna replies that she and her sister don’t have an answer. You know, their usual response to any problem or mystery. The sisters should magically record that statement and play it on repeat every time they appear, complete with dummies of themselves if they so wish. Then again, magic isn’t working right now, so a verbal statement was always going to be necessary. Twilight suggests checking on Tirek, and a weird scene happens where Twilight verbally acknowledges that relying on friends is a good thing. Um, didn’t she know that since the FIRST SEASON of the show? Did she somehow decide in a season 8 episode that asking a friend for help was a dumb idea so she could immediately be proven wrong for the sake of this episode? Celestia says that she and her sister will try to protect Equestria while the Mane 6 are away at Tartarus. By “try to protect Equestria,” she really means that she and Luna will sit on their asses and wait for a miracle. I suppose the show is acknowledging that the Mane 6 are better protectors of Equestria so the sisters wouldn’t have to get sloppily tossed aside for the sake of the story, but that acknowledgement doesn’t solve anything because the sisters still won’t do anything in this episode and are thus still sloppily tossed aside yet again. Luna also mentions that Tartarus has changed since the end of season 4. So, were there random creatures and/or characters tossed into that area? I don’t remember that happening in seasons 5 or 6, so did seasons 7 and 8 do something with that area? Maybe the show wants to imply that the alicorn sisters haven’t been as inactive as previously shown, but that also solves nothing because they have still contributed nothing to 2-part episodes including this one. And it’s also hard for me to believe that either of them could actually seal someone away at Tartarus because they are pretty weak outside of using magic for their own special tasks. Luna also warns the Mane 6 to be cautious as they (or the ponies with horns) won’t have magic to defend themselves, but AJ reassures her that friendship will let them withstand the dangers in this expedition. Good thing the Mane 6 has something to help them through obstacles without magic. What do Princess Celestia and Luna have? If they both went into Tartarus, they would immediately get into some deep shit just so the episode can demonstrate how dangerous the area is while needing the Mane 6 to save them so the Mane 6 can also look competent. Twilight leaves Starlight in charge of the school while the others are away. She even tells Starlight to contact Princess Celestia in case of trouble, but I don’t know how Starlight could contact Celestia without Spike. And even if that weren’t an issue, what could Celestia possibly help with if she appeared? Oh right, help Starlight look competent by being a helpless fucking idiot. Cozy appears and has already packed food for the Mane 6’s expedition, and that also included Starlight because she was under the assumption that Starlight would also be gone. Cozy Glow’s surprise is admittedly not a bad way of trying to unravel her later villainy. She also referenced another season 8 episode which seems to have involved Discord, but again, I don’t care. I don’t know why she made a sad face right after learning that Starlight was staying. Obviously, she wasn’t happy about her plans getting ruined, but what was she hoping and/or trying to express to the other characters? Anyways, she settles for being Starlight’s assistant. The episode cuts to the next morning with Cozy Glow addressing the students and announcing that she was in charge. It’s a rather odd cut as it was previously still daytime, and Starlight’s disappearance was also oddly sudden as the episode didn’t show what she did while in charge. One of the characters from the Student 6 (Young 6 seems to be the “unofficial” term at least among fans and/or the MLP wiki, but I prefer the alliteration) points out Starlight’s sudden disappearance, Cozy responds that Starlight left a note saying that she decided to also head to Tartarus. But another student thought that Starlight would have said all this in person instead of writing a note. It seems that Twilight and friends personally announced their leave and Starlight being in charge to the students off-screen because if that didn’t happen, there would be no reason for the student to not mention Starlight’s disappearance being so odd. Cozy even assigns the student extra homework as “punishment,” and the rest of the 6 also demand extra homework as a strange way of showing unity because I don’t know who would intentionally want more homework. Couldn’t they just help that one student with his or her homework to the same effect? The episode then shows the Mane 6 still traveling to Tartarus. I remember the path being quite long as Twilight took a day to get there back in season 2, but it also helped that she ran to save some time, so these ponies need to move faster if they want to save Equestria in time. That will happen of course, but they don’t know that. I wouldn’t be surprised if the episode threw random and/or dumb roadblocks if Princess Celestia and Princess Luna (or just the former, really) took this trip instead. Pinkie also checked her cupcakes, which are shown to have already spoiled because magic couldn’t keep them cool, and that is kind of weird as actual cupcakes don’t spoil that fast even if left out of the fridge, but whatever. Back to the school, and a number of students are happy with Cozy Glow’s directions. Two of the Student 6 are suspicious of Cozy Glow because she seems too nice. They aren’t aware of her villainy yet, so why do they distrust her for being too nice? Their usual school figures are nice, so what are the students so uncomfortable about? I don’t know if another previous episode gave something of an answer, and as usual, I don’t care. Cozy Glow emerges from the school’s catacombs in the library, which is where the Student 6 happen to be studying. The students then follow her. At least this setup makes some sense as the library is a decent place to study at. I’m also guessing the catacombs were featured in a previous episode because they weren’t in “School Daze,” and my feelings about this should also be obvious. The Mane 6 finally arrive at Tartarus, and the entrance hasn’t been tampered with, so Tirek hasn’t escaped. However, they still want to actually visit him, and the door requires magic to be opened, which is out of service right now. Good thing Spike found some magical key that I never heard of, which really highlights its convenience. Was this mentioned in another episode? The key opens the door to Tartarus and shatters right afterward. If Cozy Glow knew that would happen, it’s not a bad way to keep the Mane 6 at bay. The Mane 6 enters, and the door closes immediately after them. How do doors like this in fiction know how long to stay open and when to close? They notice that all of the magical creatures imprisoned in Tartarus are unable to use their natural abilities as the result of the loss of magic, which also means that they run on magic. I thought those creatures’ own abilities were more like superpowers instead of magical abilities, but then Tirek drained magic from earth and pegasus ponies who later then lost their abilities, and those kinds of ponies don’t use “magic” like the way unicorns do. So it seems that all (or almost all) creatures in Equestria run on magic. The Mane 6 encounter Cerberus, but he’s acts friendly around them as he remembers Fluttershy back from season 2, and they head to Tirek without any trouble. Meanwhile, Cozy Glow enters her office only to find Chancellor Neighsay inside. He wonders where Twilight is, and Cozy tells him that she is away, which pisses him off because Twilight left while Equestria is in a crisis. It seems that he is still as clueless as he was 23 episodes ago. How is he still not aware of Twilight and friends being the saviors of Equestria? I know early seasons had average pony citizens not acknowledging this, but the Mane 6’s status is now more widely known as the students have proven in “School Daze.” He thinks that the foreign creatures, i.e. 5 of the Student 6, are to blame for this despite having no proof. I know he has a blind prejudice toward non-ponies, but it’s still pretty dumb for the same reason I didn’t care much for him back at the beginning of the season. He and Cozy catch the Student 6 eavesdropping on them, and Neighsay doesn’t hesistate to bind them with magical chains. I thought unicorn magic was supposed to have stopped working. Potions are said to no longer work, but on the other hand, the magical key to Tartarus did work, so magical items apparently run on a different rule than casted magic. He may have used his medallion, but the medallion then connected to his horn, which consequently created the magical chains. Am I missing something? He throws the students into a dorm room and is about to leave until the pony of the Student 6 decides that he no longer wants anything to do with his “former” friends, much to their shock. He definitely won’t abandon them because they been together for this entire season (not to mention they’re getting some focus in this episode), and blindly following Neighsay’s beliefs would be such a stupidly shallow reason to ditch them. He needs to get help, but he can’t do that if he’s tied up, and he’s also the only one out of his friends who can actually leave to do so. How odd that Neighsay would blindly accept this pony’s sudden change of heart, but whatever. He probably just wanted to hear the pony say that. The escaped pony goes to Sweet Apple Acres to get Apple Bloom and her friends for help. The Mane 6 encounter Tirek, but he’s not directly responsible for the disappearing magic because he would otherwise be much larger. They demand some answers from him, but he only intends to spill if he is freed. During the conversation, the Mane 6 have discovered that they have no means of escape, which causes Tirek to spill anyways. He reveals that he has been communicating with Cozy Glow and told her how to drain magic from Equestria. Wow, even he’s more knowledgeable about pony magic than Princess Celestia. Then again, Star Swirl himself also has no immediate answer, and Tirek is all about draining magic, so I guess it’s not all bad, not that it helps anything. By the way, how did Tirek and Cozy Glow even communicate? Sure, they could use letters, but who would deliver them to Tartarus? Does Tartarus even have a mail delivery service? Did Cozy Glow just go to Tartarus herself? That can’t be the case as Tirek said that he never met Cozy Glow in person. How would Tirek even send his responses to Cozy Glow? For that matter, how would Cozy Glow even receive the responses? Ah well, even though communicating as pen pals seems impossible given the circumstances, I probably would’ve rolled with it anyways. The Cutie Mark Crusaders plus the escaped pony head down to the catacombs of the school only to find an area with magical artifacts glowing and an incapacitated Starlight being trapped in a sphere containing all of the magic of Equestria. Those artifacts don’t look like they’re from “Shadow Play” as I don’t see a shield or flower, so these new artifacts came up this season. Cozy Glow finally reveals her villainy and that she ultimately wants to send all of Equestria’s magic it to another realm, wherever that might be. This kind of reminds me of “Twilight’s Kingdom” where Celestia said that magic can’t disappear and has to be transferred somewhere, which is what Cozy Glow’s plan is following. I still wonder what happens when a magical blast dissipates after hitting an object to no effect. I guess the object just absorbs the magic and nothing else. Cozy Glow believes that friendship is power (and not magic) and wants all that power for herself to become the ruler of Equestria. I can’t say that she’s wrong since friendship (more specifically, a specific kind of friendship) has powered the Elements of Harmony, but those elements only work under genuine friendship (excluding that time that Celestia operated them by herself, but whatever). And friendship only becomes “magic/power” with magical artifacts. I don’t know where or how she will get any actual raw power to rule Equestria (I mean, she can’t move the sun or moon, and she can’t facilitate Equestria’s natural processes, so she better be prepared to rule a dead Equestria) or even give herself an edge against her opposers, so Cozy Glow’s plans doesn’t make a lot of sense. Part 2. Now that the Mane 6 have learned about Cozy Glow’s villainy, they try to exit Tartarus and rush back to the school to catch her. However, the ponies have lost their magic, so they have no way to opening the door. Twilight then thinks of using the magic from the creatures in Tartarus to solve this as they only lose theirs after the second day. At least it makes sense for Twilight to think of this since she’s the most proficient in magic out of the group. At the catacombs, the CMC try to rescue Starlight, but they encounter some trouble after Sweetie Belle steps into the magical circle containing the artifacts. The magical orb Starlight is trapped in responds by trying to grab Sweetie Belle, but the other ponies manage to pull her out in time. This must be how Cozy trapped Starlight, but I wonder how she convinced Starlight to step in that area from the start. I’m guessing other season 8 episodes gave some answers, and you should know how I feel about that. Or since Cozy Glow seems so trusting, Starlight could have followed along. Sweetie Belle notes that they aren’t able to contact anyone else for help, not even Princess Celestia. I mean, how could that alicorn possibly help? If she were here, she would walk into the circle (which wouldn’t be bad by itself, but that wouldn’t be enough for the show), and the CMC would fail to save her. Then, they’ll panic because an alicorn princess got captured even though the captured alicorn princess is worth less than nothing. On a sidenote, I don’t know if I just didn’t hear the CMC’s voices for so long, but they sound very noticeably older now especially when compared to their earlier appearances. Obviously, their voice actresses have grown up and have gotten deeper over the years. And Jesus Christ, roughly 8 years as of this episode getting recorded. That’s a fair percentage of their lives from their perspectives. It shouldn’t be a surprise to hear this, but the differences are still quite astounding. Special mention goes to Sweetie Belle, whose voice is definitely the one that changed the most. She sounds nothing like her earlier voices. In the dorm room with Student 6 sans the pony, the griffon tries to escape by through the door, but no go as it’s locked. Have they tried breaking down the door or the window? And why are they no longer chained up? Did Neighsay’s chain spell wear off? I guess it could since the magic in Equestria is getting weaker, but I don’t know how he conjured up the chains at all since it was after all ponies were supposed to have lost their magic. They are also uncertain about their pony friend’s allegiance due to his sudden betrayal, but the hippogriff wants to think that he only left to find some answers. She should get a prize. Or should she? She wasn’t certain about her answer, after all. And the pony shows up right afterward to prove her right. He was also holding a crowbar, so opening the window definitely was an option, even if it was locked. Like I said, they could’ve tried to break something. The remaining students learn of Cozy Glow’s treachery, and they all decide to inform Neighsay as they currently have no better options to take. It's the morning of the third day, so no more magic from all creatures. Neighsay addresses the students by saying that (he thinks) the school is safe, which really isn’t that reassuring as he doesn’t seem to have any answers or plans about the disappearing magic and what he plans to do if the situation isn’t solved. He also announces that he intends to have the school run under EEA methods. Princess Celestia did say that the EEA overlooks all schools in Equestria, so I guess he would want to claim the one that already isn’t under the EEA for the sake of completion, but I didn’t know he was this desperate. I would think that he had better things to do after failing to approve the School of Friendship, but I guess not. On the other hand, Neighsay did come into the school so he could protect it from foreign creatures. I don’t know how he actually plans enforce that idea if there was a genuine threat, but whatever. And he wouldn’t know any other way of running a school, so I guess he might as well. This gives Cozy Glow an opportunity to convince the students to rally up against him. She reminds everyone including him that Twilight (and possibly her friends) is/are well-loved and that he also tried to take down the school at the beginning of the season, and Neighsay then realizes how screwed he is. I also want to point out that Cozy Glow mentioned Twilight getting approval from Princess Celestia and Luna. Did Princess Luna actually do anything with or at the school in this season? Actually, I could also ask the same for Celestia. She did show up in “School Daze,” but she didn’t do anything with or at the school. And considering how worthless the sisters are (or at least Celestia is), does their approval actually help? Good thing Twilight is pretty well-loved because she and her friends (presumably) put love and care into running the school, which makes the students happy, and that makes the Mane 6 happy, etc. Too bad such a compliment can’t apply to the alicorn sisters, or at least Princess Celestia. Sure, there were pony citizens who admired her, but she hasn’t shown how or why she earned such admiration. Anyways, Cozy manages to regain control while the students chain Neighsay to a chair in Twilight’s office. After the students leave, Cozy unveils her villainy and some of her plans to Neighsay, and then she leaves only to meet the Cutie Mark Crusaders outside. The CMC distract Cozy Glow while the Student 6 free Neighsay and also tell him that Cozy Glow is responsible for the disappearing magic (something Cozy didn’t tell Neighsay earlier). Neighsay wants to notify the alicorn sisters about this, but that would be a stupid move on his part, not that I’m blaming him for wanting to try. From his (and other characters’ perspective), the sisters are important and “powerful” figures. It’s just a shame that the show prefers to feed them shit during episodes like this. Moving on, Neighsay may not be able to use his own magic to contact the sisters, but he can use his medallion to visit them, and he does just that. Right before leaving, he also points out that it was able to chain the students earlier, so the medallion and other magical artifacts (remember that the artifacts draining magic from Equestria also need magic to do their things) work differently from potions and pony magic for some reason. Back at Tartarus, Tirek gloats about attaining a victory over the Mane 6 because they will be stuck in Tartarus with no way to escape. However, Twilight points out that since he’s also in Tartarus, he will be will be stuck with them, i.e. his mortal enemies. Too bad Celestia and Luna don’t have any mortal enemies. Don’t get me wrong. I’m not endorsing the idea of having mortal enemies because real life is an ass hole, or at least a much bigger one than fiction. But since this is fiction, having a mortal enemy (or even just a regular enemy) means that some antagonistic character “cares” about a certain character. That last sentence sounds awkward especially if you read it aloud, but hopefully I got my point across. For example, Tirek hates the Mane 6 more than he does the non-Twilight alicorns, so that means he doesn’t think much of those other alicorns. Of course, that doesn’t mean that he would be indifferent about being trapped with the non-Twilight alicorns, but which scenario is more meaningful? Tirek getting trapped with the Mane 6 or Tirek getting trapped with Celestia, Luna, and Cadance? What actual reason would he have to hate the latter’s guts? Those 3 alicorns wouldn’t be happy to live with him as he’s power-hungry and evil, but the Mane 6 would also have that same reason to not want to live with him. Looking from Tirek’s perspective, what reason would he have to hate Celestia, Luna, and Cadance outside of them being ponies he failed to steal magic from? He doesn’t know anything about them, and he barely interacted with them. Scratch that, he interacted only with Celestia in “Twilight’s Kingdom” and didn’t look at the other 2 alicorns. And even during that moment, all Tirek encountered was 3 powerless and helpless alicorns. None of the major villains in the show have much of a reason to give a fuck about any of the non-Twilight alicorns. Nightmare Moon is sorely underused, and Celestia’s and Luna’s relationship is nonexistent in the show. Discord is one of the good guys now, but if he weren’t, what reason would he have to be concerned with ponies who aren’t the Mane 6? Only the Elements of Harmony (and thus the Mane 6) can harm him. Everyone else is fuck all to him. Chrysalis only wants to get revenge against Starlight or the Mane 6. And what reason would she have to give a fuck about Celestia, the only non-Twilight alicorn she conversed with that she also barely knows? Cadance and Shining Armor did take care of the Changelings, but it doesn’t look like she even cares. Sombra could see Cadance and Shining Armor as enemies since the latter two run the Crystal Empire. I read that he takes Flurry Heart as hostage at the beginning of season 9, but I don’t know what else he does in the episode or if he even interacts with Cadance of Shining Armor. Celestia and Luna did beat him 1000 years prior, but did he ever do anything with them on-screen? Starlight would be the next major villain, but she’s also a good guy now. Even if she actually gave a shit about the other alicorns before meeting the Mane 6, those other alicorns would be inactive because they’re not the main characters of the show. If she did incapacitate them, that would just further downgrade their images. Right now, she only respects the other alicorns because she’s supposed to. No real reason is given. The the Pony of Shadows and Stygian haven’t interacted with the other alicorns. Finally, there’s Cozy Glow, who (sort of) knows that friendship is the most powerful magic in Equestria, so she also doesn’t have a reason to think much of those other alicorns. And it’s not like she does in this episode. Remember that she didn’t bother sending the other alicorns away on a wild goose chase. Good God, how they have sunk below rock bottom. Even a FUCKING FILLY (i.e. a child) doesn’t see them as threats. If it isn’t obvious, Celestia, Luna, and Cadance have not proven their worth to the villains of the show outside of a very few instances, and those only apply to Cadance. Like I keep saying, since those 3 alicorns, especially the sisters, do nothing against the villains (again, except for a few instances with Cadance), there isn’t much if any meaning if a villain hates one of them. At the very least in the case of Princess Celestia, I’d say she hasn’t proven that she has any kind of worth. Back to the actual episode. Twilight devises a plan to escape from Tartarus while her friends help that plan move forward. At least the episode isn’t making the other main characters inconsequential like in a number of other 2-parters. Well, except for Spike. I can’t think of anything significant he has contributed so far. Tirek even decides to pitch in because he doesn’t want Pinkie annoying the fuck out of him. Pinkie even claims that she can annoy him forever, so I guess she doesn’t need to eat or sleep. Hooray for the Mane 6, I guess. They were able to break out of a mystical prison without magic and with their own wits (or at least Twilight’s wits) and abilities. Too bad I can’t imagine the non-Twilight alicorns figuring out a way to escape from Tartarus if they were in the Mane 6’s position. The writers would make them encounter an obstacle they can’t overcome and would then have to wait for the Mane 6 to come up with a plan to save them and Equestria. So, even though the intention was to show the Mane 6 being resourceful and capable even without magic, the Mane 6 still don’t end up looking that impressive to me. At the school, the CMC are still with Cozy Glow. Cozy Glow manages to trick the 3 into a cleaning closet, and that’s that for the CMC in the episode. I was hoping they could do a little more now that they’re slightly older (complete with cutie marks) and this 2-parter being their first one to participate in, so it’s too bad they were tricked so easily, but at the same time, I don’t care that much even though I feel like I should. At least they contributed more than Celestia and Luna ever did inside and outside of this episode. There’s also an amusing moment in the background with a random school pony looking freaked out and then backing away after seeing Cozy Glow talk back to the closet door. Next scene, the Student 6 go back to the catacombs to free Starlight. They now figure out that the artifacts are absorbing the magic from all over Equestria and gathering it into the orb that Starlight is currently trapped in. From the way the characters are talking, this sounds like a reference to another episode that I won’t watch. I find it interesting that the artifacts took Starlight herself and not just her magic, so I guess a magical being stepping into that magical circle of artifacts is different from some distant object or person containing magic since there isn’t much of a difference between taking magic from something 2 feet away and that same thing 2000 miles away other than proximity. Removing an artifact from its position will release all of the magic, but that turns out not to be a good idea as all the magic will be released too quickly and create an explosion in the meantime. Not a bad additional hurdle to put up so the problem wouldn’t solved so easily, but I honestly wouldn’t mind seeing the School of Friendship getting blown up. Too bad Cozy Glow and the other students (under misdirection) of the school emerge into the catacombs to stop the Student 6. How many characters before this episode were familiar with the area? Was it meant to be a secret at all? Like I said, this wasn’t featured in “School Daze,” but that could instead be due to time constraints. Meanwhile, the creatures at Tartarus plus Tirek have given their magic to Twilight so she could cast a spell to open the gates. She’s successful, and the Mane 6 plus Spike all escape. However, they seem to be too late as the sun has now set on the third day. That’s a tad weird as it seemed to be the second day when Twilight first thought of obtaining magic from the creatures in Tartarus, and they don’t lose their magic until the end of the second day. I wonder if misinterpreted the pacing. Another guess I have is that the creatures relinquished their internal magic because those creatures split into separate animals after giving it to Twilight, and the internal magic is what makes them not quite regular animals. Cerberus split into 3 regular dogs, the cockatrice split into a chicken and a snake, and the manticore split into a lion and a scorpion to name a few examples. So even though the ponies and other creatures lost their magic, the lost magic didn’t include their internal magic. When the ponies completely lost their magic in “Twilight’s Kingdom” (meaning their internal magic as well), their eyes turned into a dull color (except the alicorns sans Twilight, and I could go on a tangent why that happened, but I won’t), and that didn’t happen here even though they already lost their magic after the first day. Back to the school again, Cozy Glow has tricked the other students into thinking that the Student 6 (especially the foreign students) are trying to destroy the school and eliminate magic from Equestria. Starlight gets another amusing moment with her facial expression when the Student 6 are blamed for trapping her. The other students rush at the Student 6, and a struggle ensues. The griffon crashes and falls into the magical orb with Starlight, and his friends try to rescue him only to also get trapped. A vortex opens up beneath the big magical orb to transport it to who-knows-where. A few of the pony students wonder if the Student 6 should be rescued because they displayed some friendship, and not rescuing them would also go against what they learned. The Elements of Harmony are even mentioned as aspects of friendship that were taught. There’s definitely more to friendship than just those 6 elements, but they’re also not bad starting points. Cozy Glow tries to leave the trapped characters to their fates, and the pony students follow along. I thought a few of them would go against her commands, but conformity proved to be too powerful. I also thought that at least another few would want to at least rescue Starlight. While the ponies try to leave, the area lights up (how come in fiction, no one ever notices these kinds of glows?), and it seems that the Tree of Harmony (not all of the magic from Equestria has disappeared just yet, it seems) has saved the Student 6 by pulling them out of that magical orb. Too bad it left Starlight out. Who knew the Tree of Harmony was such an ass hole? It only chose to save a specific group of people while leaving another good pony (even if her redemption was sloppy) for dead. The Student 6 are glowing with magic as they are now the successors for wielding the Elements of Harmony. Or maybe they’re just another set of characters who can wield the Elements. The Pillars were able to use their version of the Elements back at the end of season 7 despite being gone for so long. Anyways, the Student 6 are freed and each pull an artifact away from the magical circle, and now all of the magic that has been trapped is now released into Equestria and its inhabitants. I guess the risk of an explosion was false, but they were admittedly uncertain of the outcome at first. Then again, all of the artifacts were pulled away instead of one, but I doubt those 2 scenarios are that different. Whatever, I’ll go with my first guess. The magic has returned to the inhabitants of Equestria including the folks at Tartarus. The animals have become “mythological” creatures again, and the Mane 6 as well as the royals regain their magic and immediately head to the school. Celestia and Luna may have gathered up their guards to try and take on Cozy Glow, but it’s still worth nothing that the two have done nothing. Remember that the last time we saw them was at the beginning of part 1 giving exposition. Twilight teleports herself and her friends to the school to confront Cozy Glow about her motivations, and Cozy Glow thought that being headmare means that she could have more friends and thus more power. I don’t know how many of the students at the school are actually Twilight’s friends. On the surface, they’d just have a professional relationship instead of a platonic one. And like I said earlier, friendship generally needs some kind of magic or artifact to actually be powerful, otherwise it’s just plain old friendship. It’s also worth pointing out that the other friendships in Equestria have not amounted to anything. More on that later. Cozy Glow is finally caught and captured, and things are back to normal with the School of Friendship. Neighsay admits that Twilight Sparkle is the best pony to run the school and that friendship should only be for ponies. It’s not like he ever understood what the point of the school was or got insight into his beliefs, so his compliment is pretty hollow. The Student 6 try to practice for graduation because they think that saving Equestria means that they’re done with school, but that’s obviously not the case. It’s not like one would ever finish learning about friendship as all friendships are different and also change over time, so everyone will experience new and different things all the time. This seems more like a throwback to Starlight’s victory at the end of season 6 and Twilight at the beginning of season 7 thinking that Starlight was ready to graduate from her studies, only for Starlight to admit that she wasn’t ready just yet. Oh, and the CMC finally bust out of the closet. Too bad they missed all the action. Finally, the episode ends with Princess Luna putting a caged Cozy Glow next to a caged Tirek. I wonder if the she or Celestia was ever told about those two working together because putting their cages together like that is a stupid move. Then again, these are two stupid alicorns who don’t know how to handle villains, and it wouldn’t be above the show to exclude the alicorn sisters from learning useful information. For example, they never learned about the Mane 6’s first experience with Starlight. The episode ends with Cozy Glow getting acquainted with Tirek, and the beginning of season 9 shows them teaming up with other villains, so these 2 did end up getting acquainted. The show is willing to immediately follow up with a recent pairing of 2 villains (and maybe for more episodes in season 9), but it didn’t bother showcasing the alicorn sisters for an entire episode until 7 seasons in, and even that episode had to be shared with another pony. *sigh* I think my overall feelings about the episode are obvious, but I’ll state them in case they aren’t. I was indifferent about almost everything, and you can see this over the ramble as I often went on a tangent about Princess Celestia (and sometimes Luna) being powerless or helpless at other points in the show as well as this episode. It should also be obvious that I don’t care about the Student 6 as I didn’t differentiate them outside of their species. They displayed their basic personalities, but I still didn’t care to take note of them. Notice that I didn’t even bother to name them over the recap. I could easily find out their names through the MLP wiki, and I do know some of their names, but using their names wouldn’t show my indifference well enough. A lot of the reasons I don’t care for this episode have already been stated in “School Daze”: the show had better things to do, but now it’s too late for them because of new gimmicks that have been introduced. Season 8 needed to follow through with its gimmicks so they don’t become pointless and/or meaningless. Too bad they didn’t bother following through with Celestia or Luna in the early seasons, Cadance after season 2, or Twilight’s position as an alicorn princess, all of which initially came with their share of mysteries. Since this show has some continuity, pretty much everything that has occurred up to this point was built on what came before, and I don’t like what has come before. Granted, major turns have mostly happened at the beginning or end of a season, but the show gives those points of the season the most weight. It doesn’t help that more of my interest lies in those bigger episodes, and those episodes generally being unimpressive or worse for whatever reason doesn’t help. In a way, I’m commenting more on “what should’ve been” instead of “what is,” but I still don’t like the “what is.” I mentioned 2 things that I wanted to talk about later, and I’ll talk about them now. The first is wasted potential, particularly with Princess Celestia, and this is a point I’m not very subtle about. And much of my complaints could also apply to Princess Luna. They were around since the beginning of the show (well, Luna didn’t appear for almost all of season 1 for some reason, but whatever), and they haven’t shown much worth. At least Luna is a little better in this regard as she got 2 of her own episodes, but I can’t say that I like either of them. Celestia finally 1 episode in season 8. Y’know, the second last season of the show. There were so many opportunities to show off their capabilities in previous seasons, but that never happened despite the show often making a big deal about both of them. Interestingly, it didn’t really happen in this episode, and they only act as authority figures. However, a portal was shown when Luna transported Cozy Glow to Tartarus, so there’s a small implication that Luna created the portal. She was with 2 other royal guards, but those guards were pegasus ponies, and those kinds of ponies can’t conjure up magical spells, so that only leaves Princess Luna. And I doubt creating portals is a common unicorn ability because if that were so easy, we should have seen that kind of ability more often in the show. Essentially, we have 2 allegedly special alicorn princesses, but we’re not shown how or why they’re special. Sure, they move the sun and moon, but any royal who isn’t irresponsible and can move the sun or moon doesn’t have any immediate distinctions on the surface from Celestia or Luna, so what do Celestia and Luna themselves do for Equestria? At least Luna has her dream-walking. Too bad Celestia doesn’t have another distinctive ability. Moving on, dream-walking is certainly a unique ability because we’d otherwise see other ponies doing this. So, why is Princess Luna so useless in 2-part episodes such as this one? She and Celestia are set aside for other characters to take the stage, but the sisters aren’t given anything else to do. On the flip side, the Mane 6 are sent on a wild goose chase to Tartarus because Cozy Glow knew they’d interfere with her plans, but we also have to see them escape as they’re definitely not being exiled from the show, and we do get to see them escape with some planning and their own abilities. Twilight may have come up with the plan, but she couldn’t do everything by herself, so her friends used their skills to assist with the escape. See, at least the Mane 6 were able to participate in this episode. Why are Princess Celestia and Luna (and Cadance possibly to a smaller degree) not allowed to do something else on the side? Even though the Mane 6’s actions didn’t directly contribute to Cozy Glow getting captured, at least they didn’t sit on their asses waiting for someone else to do their jobs. I can’t help but wonder if the alicorn sisters are actually pretty weak in the creators’ minds. That idea clashes with a comment Trixie made at the end of season 6, but bear with me for a moment. Anyways, if they were so weak, why go through the trouble of excluding them if they didn’t have the power to solve the problem so easily? It has been clear for too long that the show has completely mishandled the non-Twilight alicorns, especially the sisters. This flaw sucks even more now because with all of the new characters being introduced, the new characters need spotlight, and this just pushes away other characters that desperately needed attention. And since Celestia and Luna have been so inactive, making them active would be almost nonsensical. Their uselessness is so deeply ingrained into them that removing that aspect of their characters would change them completely. That wasn’t the impression the show wanted to make, but that’s what ended up happening. The second thing I wanted to talk about was the other friendships in Equestria not amounting to anything. It’s arguably a smaller point, but I still feel like talking about it. This relates to my least favorite episode in the show, which is the 2-part “The Cutie Re-Mark.” That episode had Twilight saying that all friendships in Equestria being important as the friendship lost between Starlight and Sunburst only led to Equestria’s death. Remember that all Starlight ever did was prevent the Mane 6 from meeting, so all of those alternate scenarios resulted because the Mane 6 never became friends, and that hardly supports the idea of all friendships being important. For one thing, there wouldn’t be anything stopping other ponies from being friends with each other in those alternate timelines, but their friendships ultimately couldn’t save Equestria. I mean, if another group of friends couldn’t use the Elements of Harmony, what does that say? If other ponies somehow couldn’t be friends with each other just because the Mane 6 never got together, then that already puts the Mane 6’s friendship above all others. Essentially, both of those scenarios ironically placed more importance on the Mane 6’s friendships instead of proving that all friendships were important. I don’t know if using the Student 6’s friendship was an attempt to correct this, but it still doesn’t fix anything. All we have now is 2 VERY SPECIFIC groups of friends who could possibly keep Equestria from dying. Maybe 3 if you want to count the pillars from the end of season 7. Suddenly, an episode I might have enjoyed if it came much earlier seems far less appealing, but that’s beside the point. Anyways, you only have 2 or 3 VERY SPECIFIC groups of friends who can stop Equestria from dying. Does that sound good for the well-being of Equestria at all? Suddenly, weaponizing friendship as literal magic turned out to be a bad idea since not just any kind of friends can wield the Elements of Harmony, and that as a result doesn’t show the power of friendship. There doesn’t seem to be much else to talk about. I guess I could give some comments on Cozy Glow. However, I don’t care for the episode, so there isn’t much reason for me to care about her character or plans. At least I can say that hiding her deception by being genuinely helpful was a good move so she could avoid suspicion. She was able to send the Mane 6 away by making them think that Tirek was responsible so she could go on uninterrupted. And she was easily able to take the school from Neighsay by reminding the students of what he tried in “School Daze.” There are shades of a competent villain, but as I’ve said before, her plan doesn’t make that much sense. She wants to take over Equestria by making a ton of friends, which she thinks will give her power. Too bad she didn’t realize that simply being friends with someone can’t actually give her power. Has she noticed other kinds of friends in Equestria? Did she see them wielding so much power? Too bad she didn’t pay attention. And even if it’s metaphorical power by being a ruler instead of literal magical power (not that she could use any because she’s a pegasus pony and because all of the magic in Equestria needed to be gone for her plan to work), she could easily lose her position since she can’t enforce it. If a pony rebels against her, what is she going to do about it? She’d have to be a genuinely good ruler if she doesn’t want any opposition she can’t handle (and this isn’t getting into the fact that she has no “special” powers or any loyal followers), so that hidden villainy will have to be wiped, and an important part of her character will need to change for better or worse. And I also doubt there would be a law that allowed a filly to be a ruler of Equestria, so that’s another shot against her plans. There are shades of her being a competent villain, but too many aspects of her ideas and plans (and other issues such as Princess Celestia and Luna somehow being powerless against a FILLY) prevent me from thinking better of her. By the way, does she have any parents? I would comment on Neighsay, but I can’t think of much to say about him outside of what I’ve already said. He tried to run the School of Friendship for himself, but his reign was short-lived. And he changes his opinion of the school and Twilight because that’s what he’s supposed to do. I can’t say that he has that much of a character arc mainly because he doesn’t appear all that much in this episode. I could acknowledge the irony of his fear. He thought teaching friendship to foreign students would encourage them to use it against Equestria, but it was actually a pony who caused all this trouble, and the foreign students are the ones who use what they learned at school to save Equestria. So it didn’t play out like the way I thought it would have, which is one pony using the trust of another to backstab them. Bring on season 9, I guess. From the looks of things, I’ll have more episodes to see than just the season opener and finale.
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    Season 9, Episode 5: The Point of No Return

    @Metemponychosis@WaterPulse Apparently, the "Best Gift Ever" special is counted as an episode in terms of production. So this episode would've been the 200th episode of the show instead of "Sparkle's Seven". How well do you think this episode would've worked as the 200th? Then again, this question might be pointless because if "Best Gift Ever" wasn't counted as an episode, this episode could just be produced and/or aired before "Sparkle's Seven".
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    Season 9, Episode 4: Twilight’s Seven

    @Metemponychosis@WaterPulse Would you say that this episode might be worth a look, or would I be wasting my time?
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    Another MLP:FIM review thread

    OK, if I do ignore the fuck ups that they already made with Princess Celestia, you are right about her being more than a school principal's in terms of scope of her role. I imagine that they made Celestia a principal in EQG because she would still be a head figure that was also easy to keep close. It's too bad that even though they "reduced" Celestia to a principal, they still don't know what to do with her.
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    Another MLP:FIM review thread

    That's MLP:FiM for me. A concept sounds interesting, but what's actually given isn't. When it comes to almost anything, it exists to make money. I think that's actually more reasonable than it seems. People like money, but they also need money to buy and make more things. And just because something is made with the intention of a profit, that doesn't mean quality must be thrown out. I think you already know what I'll say. At least, I hope the creative team for this show does the same. It has been a while since I've watched the movies (I've only seen the first 3), but I know that in terms of trying to do something with the same scope as the 2-part episodes, they're more of the same despite having more time. The Celestia and Luna in the EQG universe are as worthless as their pony counterparts, the main characters who aren't Twilight or Sunset still do nothing, and the villains (sans Principal Cinch, who I thought was a serviceable antagonist) are lame and still participate in unexciting final showdowns. Personally, I would actually accept Celestia being a school principal assuming she wouldn't be inactive, but you know how that turned out. As for being "reduced to a school principal," it's not like she was ever worth something in Equestria. As for the princesses' retirement, I'm sure their intention was to show that the Mane 6 earned this position, but given how much the princesses not named Twilight suck anyways, it just looks like the princesses are giving up positions that don't fit them. The episodes will also try to say that the Mane 6 have a lot to live up to as well as major responsibilities, which just means they'll definitely be more beneficial to Equestria than Celestia and Luna ever were. I mean, they are already better for Equestria than Celestia and Luna. The show would also like to say that the alicorn sisters are tall figures but have limitations, so more ordinary ponies can actually be better than those tall figures in some respects. Except the show never proved that those sisters' effectiveness. At least Luna helps ponies in their dreams, so that's something even though it still amounts to nothing. And I bet they can't even name one thing that Celestia is better than Twilight at.
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    Another MLP:FIM review thread

    I feel that it could even be insulting to Sunset fans, or at least fans who wanted to see her return to Princess Celestia. What could the writers actually do in one minute? There definitely wouldn't be time for catching up or even a heart-to-heart, and the transcript reflects that as all the two do together is acknowledge some change in each other. As if that's somehow enough to justify a scene of their reunion. Sunset even claimed that Celestia grew a sense of humor, but that ended up being a throwaway line as the show has done little to nothing productive with the latter. And Sunset definitely won't stick around in Equestria as that would mean the end of Equestria Girls since she's also its main character. What would that problem be? And you're right about Princess Celestia if the transcript is anything to go by. Outside of acknowledging Sunset having changed, she also forgives Sunset, and that's it. They brought in Celestia just to do the bare minimum, and as @WaterPulse said, all in one minute. Princess Celestia wasn't even needed then. If Sunset did go back to Equestria for whatever reason, even temporarily, there would be something of an obligation for the storytellers to acknowledge her history with Celestia. But they might as well have let Sunset (consciously or not) decide to avoid her if one minute was all they were getting together.
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    Another MLP:FIM review thread

    @WaterPulse @Metemponychosis Sounds like the special is worse than a waste of time. It would've been fine if they just wanted to use Celestia for later, but given the nature of this incarnation of MLP, it is definitely more like they finally remembered that Princess Celestia was relevant in Sunset's life. There's no way they can actually make productive use of one minute of screentiime for a character like Princess Celestia, but I'm not surprised at her lack of screentime anyways. I just checked the transcript on the MLP wiki, and of course, Celestia doesn't know the answer to the problem. What else would they have her do, especially in just under one fucking minute? Also, I thought the special was only 44 minutes long. Were there other specials that tied very directly into "Forgotten Friendship"? EDIT: @WaterPulse What did you personally think of the special, anyways?
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    Another MLP:FIM review thread

    @Metemponychosis @WaterPulse Is the "Forgotten Friendship" special worth looking at, or is it worse than a waste of time?
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    Another MLP:FIM review thread

    Starlight's lack of appearances in season 6 certainly didn't help my opinion of her, but I don't know if getting more appearances would've helped at all as I don't care about Starlight anyways. I doubt the show ever wanted to feature a student/teacher dynamic as it never really bothered to do anything between Twilight and Princess Celestia. It only happened to whatever degree between Twilight and Starlight because the latter established a connection with the former (i.e. the main character) of the show. I suppose I am, too, but it wouldn't be me if I didn't bitch about the stupidity.
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    Another MLP:FIM review thread

    It is, but that doesn't excuse the results for being stupid. Did season 8 do much with the School of Friendship? Can you elaborate on this? I'm not sure I understand. It just goes to show that 9+ years and 9 seasons can still result in accomplishing nothing, and there's nothing I hate more than wasted potential. I know that season 9 hasn't aired yet, but it still won't help the show no matter what it tries. On a sidenote, I can't believe how many dumb grammatical mistakes I made. Too bad the I can't edit that post, but somehow I can edit my other posts (including this one) for whatever reason.
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    Another MLP:FIM review thread

    School Daze Surprisingly, the episode starts off by referencing the theatrical movie. Good thing the creative team wanted to be more explicit about the movie actually mattering to the show, but at the same time I also don’t really care if that would have been the case at this point due to my abysmal interest in the show, and I’m only watching this episode just to see what kind of crap they come up with for this 2-parter. Outside of “Horse Play” and the “School Raze” finale, I don’t have a reason to bother with the rest of season 8. And of course, I will bitch about stuff that irritates me if and when they come up. Rarity recalls the experience with Klugetown, which is still strangely not named at this point. Then again, the Mane 6 (which includes Spike) never learned the name of the place, so whatever. RD even reminisces her experience with the pirates and mentioned that the Mane 6 plus Spike were almost thrown out of the ship. Thankfully 3 out of the 7 characters could fly. Of course, 3 other ponies plus Spike don’t have a way to prevent themselves from falling to their deaths, but I’m pretty sure Twilight could’ve just used her magic to pull them up while they were falling. By the way, the map showed the pirate ship still flying around even though Tempest destroyed it. Maybe the pirates built a new one after the end of the movie. Pinkie then says that they made seashell necklaces for all of the seaponies. I don’t remember that happening in the movie, not even in “One Small Thing”. Either I’m remembering that musical number wrong, or maybe that stuff happened off-screen after the end of the movie. Starlight asks about Tempest, and I sort of wonder what Starlight did during the movie. Then again, I don’t care for Starlight, so I also don’t care to find the answer. Next. Twilight says that Tempest wanted to spread news of the Storm King’s death defeat and information about the power of friendship. The movie didn’t exactly make it seem like Tempest learned what friendship really meant. Sure, she saved Twilight, but that was repayment for Twilight saving her earlier from the Storm King. That looks more like doing some good can also feel good, or that helping others will give those others a reason to help back. There is also Tempest’s backstory about her being abandoned by ponies she thought were her friends, but she doesn’t see or experience for herself that real friends don’t abandon each other. Twilight’s friends did that for a while being coming back to her and reconciling, and Tempest witnessed the Mane 6 embracing after previously seeing Twilight all alone, but is that really enough? That stuff is just one part of friendship. But I’m going on a tangent, so moving on. With all these references to the movie, it’s a bit of a shame that the movie characters won’t show their faces. But I'm sure the real reason the movie characters won’t appear in the show is because they won’t be able to get the characters’ respective voice actors back due to scheduling conflicts, lower pay (which seems more likely to me), or another reason I’m unaware of. And the creative team doesn’t want to recast the movie characters. If that’s also true, they probably should have casted people who do voice acting for a living, but whatever. AJ notes that the Friendship Map (I don’t recall the show giving it an official name) expanded during the events of the movie. Apparently, it was keeping track of the Mane 6 even though it also didn’t send them on a friendship quest, because why the fuck not? Obviously, its main purpose is to give the Mane 6 (plus Spike and Starlight; anytime I refer to the Mane 6, I’ll be alluding to Spike and Starlight as well) an excuse to go to certain places, and the creative team wants to reuse the movie locations (one synopsis of an episode had seaponies) as well as create new ones. Aren’t the Mane 6 so blessed? They’re connected to the Elements of Harmony, they get to be heroes and save Equestria in the meantime, they have a huge fucking crystal castle with their own personal thrones, a magical map that works specifically toward them, and said map lets them explore and travel to new places to have another adventure. And before someone says that they have a lot of problems to deal with (i.e. episodes), at least they get to deal with and work through those problems, which is better than sitting around and doing nothing (i.e. the role of the other alicorns). Twilight has been given extra blessings, but that’s not relevant right now. Anyways, Twilight decides to create the School of Friendship because, in her words, there are creatures who know nothing about friendship. Really? I find that hard to believe, so someone correct me if that’s somehow true. It’s not like Twilight was inspired after seeing others not acting the way they should toward their own friends. The reason I find the idea of “creatures” knowing nothing about friendship is because friendship seems like a concept every “person” knows about. If a person doesn’t want companionship or even just plain help from others, or maybe one might find friendship to be mushy or some bullshit, then that means they’re already familiar with the idea of friendship since they have a certain feeling about the idea. It’s not like they live in complete isolation. And they’d also decide whether they want other people they meet to stay in their lives or not. But this minor ramble about the credibility of such a reason to open this school is pointless as the show runs with it, and I don’t really care if the show does something that I think it shouldn’t have nowadays as it’s past unsalvageable. Of course, that won’t stop me from calling stupidity to creative decisions. I also don’t know if the other episodes in season 8 have the Mane 6 trying to teach what friendship entails, and I still don’t care either. So Twilight presents the her school idea to Princess Celestia, who will fulfill her usual role of exposition and making the episode seem big and important but will ultimately contribute nothing. Celestia even thinks that Twilight knows how to run a school because Twilight was her “star pupil”. Aside from the fact that the show hasn’t proven how Twilight was a “star pupil” outside of submitting her homework, anyone with half a brain cell can see that being a good student who’s eager to learn doesn’t merit qualification for running an entire fucking school, something that Twilight immediately points out. This may be an arguably minor case, but the show is still unsurprisingly not done with making Princess Celestia look like a moron. There’s only Twilight and Celestia in this scene, and someone had to point out the difficulty of such an undertaking, but the show would much rather make Twilight look smart even though it’s obvious that she lacks any kind of experience, so Celestia was the only candidate for being the unlucky (not really) schmuck. Why not just cut that line from Celestia and have Twilight quickly mention the difficulty of running a school during her own excitement for the same effect? Celestia notes that Twilight will need approval from the EEA to set up the her new school, and even Celestia’s political position and authority don’t overtake the EEA’s. It’s only 3 minutes into the episode, and it’s already clear that Celestia will do nothing as usual. Sure, she will do slightly more later in the episode (such a description is too generous), but her role and actions still don’t impact the episode at all. Why do they even bother bringing her in if they always and immediately tell her to fuck off? Twilight presents her ideas to the EEA, and it’s unsurprising that the EEA will be strict and obstructive (the darker lighting and Chancellor Neighsay’s speech pattern already give those away) because there needed to be more drama. I guess having Twilight trying her hoof at running a school for the first time, the Mane 6 learning how to teach (which will sort of come up later), and the Mane 6 also learning to keep the students in control and interested (general problems in any kind of school, really) weren’t appealing options for the episode. Neighsay gives Twilight the manual that sets the standards for schools in Equestria, and it wouldn’t be Twilight if she didn’t care about reading and getting the details right. Seriously though, I’m pretty sure nobody in real life ever would ever know the contents of any manual inside and out. I mean, even the chancellor quickly flips through his own copy of Twilight’s curriculum (how did Twilight make copies of her manual so quickly?) and pretty clearly demonstrates that he didn’t actually read it. He thought the school would only be for ponies, but Twilight wanted to invite all kinds of creatures, which her manual would say. And he also thought that the school would have the ponies learning to protect themselves. Whether he thought it meant defense against the dark arts or just simply learning about other dangerous creatures (wild or not), Twilight’s School of Friendship wouldn’t really include either of those. I don’t know if another episode in season 8 actually does show the Mane 6 teaching one of those, but those concepts are hardly the main goals of the school or just friendship in general. Twilight even mentions Friends and Family Day, so I don’t know what Neighsay was thinking. Chancellor Neighsay even asks if he can trust Twilight to stick around at her school instead of going out to save Equestria. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rfsqEO-WQHc Fine, I’ll try to interpret meaning of his line literally. He might be thinking that Twilight will leave to go on an adventure if she feels like it and might not actually care about the condition of the school, so he wants to confirm her commitment. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NIgfiSzCy1o Okay, I can’t. I don’t know if Neighsay has ever kept up with the villains that showed up, but if he did, he’d know that Twilight and friends were there almost every single time. And Equestria would need to be safe and in one piece if he even wants any kind of school to stick around. Even if news of a villainous rampage don’t always get printed in the news or whatever, this still doesn’t work from an out-of-universe perspective because she’s the main fucking character, and the show wouldn’t purposefully exclude her completely. There was one exception was at the end of season 6 to give certain other characters some spotlight. It’s not like anyone else has ever been allowed to help. Yeah, Twilight and friends do get excluded again in the season 8 finale for the sake of another certain set of characters (more on that if I ever talk about that episode), but they were still allowed to participate, which is more than what I can say for some other characters. Now we cut to the actual School of Friendship already set up. I wonder how much time has passed. Probably not as much as I think since magic can also be used for construction. Twilight’s friends are the teachers. Obviously. Who else would they be? Their friendship was the only one that has ever mattered, so they are in a way the ultimate authority on friendship. There’s the obvious question of the main characters having their own jobs (Rarity has a boutique and AJ is a farmer, for example), and they’d have to fit in teaching somehow. And it’s very likely that the school runs every weekday except during holidays. How will the Mane 6 fit this second job into their lives? With the writers’ blessings. As in, that stuff won’t matter unless an episode needs it to. I would have rolled with it even if I were still into the show for the sake of simplification and not having too many characters to deal with. Even though Twilight could’ve hired other ponies who could qualify as actual teachers, that means the show would be bringing in more characters (nevermind the issue of paying the teachers, so I guess the Mane 6 are willing to do their second jobs for free), and the use of supporting characters hasn’t been the show’s strong point. However, all of that won’t stop the show from bringing in a specific new set of characters to use for the season. More on that later. Starlight is also the guidance counselor, so she would help students with their academic goals and personal problems. I haven’t seen much of season 7 or 8, so I don’t know how much of if she has gotten better about learning friendship or just helping others through personal problems. I guess she could use her own experience to help the students. And there’s “A Royal Problem” where she helped Celestia and Luna, but that episode honestly didn’t need her. The school bell rings, and everyone else is expecting a bunch of ponies to show up, but Twilight says that she forgot to mention that there will be other creatures as well. That’s not quite the case as she did mention wanting to teach other creatures before the theme song played. I hope the advertising didn’t cost too much. Then again, Twilight is more than likely rich since she’s a princess, has lived in Canterlot (a high-class society) for likely her entire life before moving to Ponyville, and had Princess Cadance as a babysitter (meaning her parents must have been pretty rich unless they cut off Twilight at some point off-screen). Anyways, there’s also dragons, yaks, Changelings, griffons, and hippogriffs. I wonder if some of the pony students cared more about possibly wielding the Elements of Harmony themselves instead of learning more about friendship. And the characters are gonna use the pronoun “everycreature” instead of their usual “everypony” for obvious reasons, which sounds extremely awkward especially when “everyone” and “everybody” would work just as well while still referring to generic creatures. The writers even occasionally (accidentally or not) used “everyone” and “everybody” instead of “everypony” in other episodes as well as this one. And we’re immediately introduced to 6 new characters. It’s obvious that they will be friends (since the school is also about wanting different creatures to be friends) and even counterparts to the Mane 6 (fans even called them the Student 6, which is what I’ll call them collectively), which the season 8 finale confirms. More on that if I ever ramble about the finale. The one who stands out the most is the hippogriff Silverstream because she’s pretty similar to Princess Skystar from the big movie in terms of personality. I almost wonder if they wanted to use Skystar as one of the students but couldn’t because Novo was even mentioned to be Silverstream’s aunt (instead of say, mom). I’m quite surprised to see that I miss Skystar probably because I would’ve liked to see more of her since she was a fun character, and maybe she could some catching up with Pinkie. Huh, I guess they brought in a new hippogriff to be attached to a new group because Skystar would more than likely stick with the Mane 6. Time for school with a musical montage. I thought there would be more students that weren’t ponies, but it seems that I was wrong as only the Student 6 (minus the pony of that group) are the only non-ponies at the school. Things are fine at first with the teachers and students enjoying themselves, though I wonder if the teachers actually taught the students about friendship because the Mane 6 seemed to be talking about their own skills. For example, AJ was teaching about apples and apple-bucking (one part in the song later had her singing about teaching honesty with Pinocchio on the chalkboard, so what did honesty have to do with harvesting apples?), Rainbow Dash taught the students about weather and flying, and Fluttershy taught the students about animals and caring for them. Were they told what they were supposed to teach? Twilight eventually steps in because her friends weren’t teaching in a manner approved by the EEA, and this results in frustration and boredom for both the teachers and the students. She’s even oblivious to the apparent negative atmosphere that has resulted despite supervising the school. The song is done, and the Student 6 vent their frustrations about the classes and their teachers. They already forgot what initially happened. Even the griffon, who’s normally rough and easily provoked, forgot that he was getting along with the pony of the group during the song. An argument comes up between some of the students in the group, with the Mane 6 and Starlight quickly diffusing it. AJ voices her surprise at this when they were trying to teach friendship. Again, the atmosphere of the school seemed rather positive during the song. RD even thinks that they’re not cut out to be teachers, so it looks like the rest of the Mane 6 also forgot about their initially enjoyable school experience. The Mane 6 voices their concerns to Twilight, and she takes it pretty well as she thinks that the school will work because other schools follow the same guidelines and still succeed. If that outcome was anything to go by, how do schools in Equestria even succeed if the students have a fair chance of disliking their experiences? And if the students and teachers are doing their things and still enjoying it, do the teaching methods really matter as long as they work? It’s not like they were doing something questionable or life-threatening. Too bad the EEA don’t and won’t give a response to any of those questions. Since the EEA, or just the chancellor, will be checking in later during the day to see how things are going down at the new school, more trouble must come up as fiction is all about having problems to later solve. And it immediately starts with the most obvious problem, which is the students cutting class. The quickly encounter Fluttershy, and the Changeling immediately disguises herself as Rarity claiming to take the students on a field trip about generosity while also saying that they will be looking at their reflections at a lake. That statement is too nonsensical, which does make some sense as this encounter was sudden, and the Changeling wouldn’t know Rarity that well, but it’s still a tad ridiculous that Fluttershy bought the equally ridiculous statement. However, Angel is suspicious, but too bad he never got the chance to expose them. The students hang out at a lake and start to get along after spending time with each other.. Insert comment here about the irony of the students being able to form a friendship after ditching the School of Friendship. Meanwhile, Neighsay shows up while they were gone. Obviously. RD discovers that the Student 6 are missing, so she, Starlight, and Twilight keep Neighsay busy to stall for time. Neighsay eventually discovers this tactic, so Twilight proceeds with Friends and Family Day. However, the Changeling has transformed into a giant bug for the amusement of her (not quite yet) friends, which causes the ponies below to believe there’s a monster attack and panic about, and then a disaster happens with parts of the school falling apart since the Changeling crashed. Neighsay then becomes enraged after learning from Twilight about non-ponies being enrolled at the school. Insert comment here about the irony of a chancellor wanting his instructions to be followed, but that chancellor completely neglected to comprehend the instructions of a new school. It just goes to show that quickly flipping through a book isn’t helpful. He even calls the other creatures dangerous, and he’s only right when it comes to the griffons (Gilda is one other griffon friend at the very least, and even then I doubt any griffon wants the ponies dead). The yaks allied with the ponies in season 5, dragons (or at least Ember) and Changelings (or at least Thorax) allied with the ponies in season 6, and the Queen Novo is familiar with Princess Celestia unless the hippogriffs held an off-screen grudge. Twilight retorts that friendship is for everyone to learn, but Neighsay thinks that the other creatures might try to use what they’ve learned against the ponies. He probably means that the others might try to take advantage of a pony’s trust to later and more easily backstab the pony when that pony least expects it, which may be a fair point, but that concern easily gets shot down when that kind of stuff could happen between any set of friends. Like I said, I have no idea what that guy was thinking, and he doesn’t use anything to support his nonsensical stance outside of his authority. The other creatures leave in a huff, and I’m pretty sure they’re holding a grudge against ponies when it was only Neighsay that was being vocal and provocative. But I guess there’s something about one pony representing the rest of his kind, so whatever. At least Thorax’s response was more reasonable. Twilight tries to threaten Neighsay by reporting to Princess Celestia of this development, but couldn’t Twilight assert her own authority? She’s a fucking princess, too! I had a discussion with @Cinder Vel about the episode, and he pointed out that a ruler being able to shoot down any decisions from the EEA can make the EEA pointless. That’s a good point, but the problem of show still being more interested in saying what Celestia can’t do while not showing what she can do still remains. Then again, considering that the other princesses of Equestria tend to be powerless against, well – everything, maybe Twilight being powerless in this scenario as well isn’t that unreasonable. Neighsay shoots back by reminding her of all the problems that just happened (in his words, irresponsible teachers, students skipping class, and ponies being endangered), and I guess he might have a point. However, I find it hard to believe that the approved schools NEVER had these kinds of problems as Equestria is hardly a utopia, and I think one strength of a school stems from how well the school can handle these problems and still function, but whatever again. As a result, he closes down the school. As if a character like him would have served any other purpose in the episode. Next part. Twilight is pretty miserable and has been stuck in her bed for who-knows-how-long, thinking that she made a bunch of awful mistakes and failed to do anything right. She mentioned making enemies with Equestria’s allies, but that was more on Neighsay’s part. Then again, she can feel responsible for letting him do what he did. She also thinks that she upset her friends, but that's definitely not the case unless she feels that she failed that horribly. And then her friends (ponies and Spike) show up immediately after to try and cheer her up (to no avail) with no signs of a grudge or hostility. I have no idea why she thought she upset her friends, then. Twilight decides that she needs some time to herself and visits the school. The school is shown to be on top of a hill next to Twilight’s castle, but I’m pretty sure that hill wasn’t there before. Maybe the ponies grew a hill specifically for that new school to be built on. Starlight shows up and instead of trying to cheer up Twilight, she decides to be honest with Twilight and tell her that following the EEA was a dumb idea. Starlight even muses that she herself was a disaster (what an understatement) that was eventually fixed after some guidance from Twilight, so this obstacle isn’t impossible to overcome. Starlight also claims, and I quote, that Twilight is in charge of all the friendship in Equestria. Taking that sentence at face value, that sounds like Twilight would decide which ponies become friends with each other or how friendships should work, which is definitely not her role as Twilight is more about spreading the idea of and encouraging friendship, but I’ll assume my latter guess is what Starlight meant. Anyways, Starlight sees that Twilight’s school isn’t a conventional one, and teaching and spreading friendship is too much of a worthwhile endeavor to abandon, so she encourages Twilight to screw the EEA and do things as she sees fit. And Twilight finds herself with renewed vigor. She sure didn’t take long to recover, and I’m pretty sure fixes like this are normally not that easy, but I guess the episode can’t take spend too much time on this as school must continue, so whatever. At the very least, it’s a nice little scene between the two as it’s a way of showing that the two have truly become close with Starlight giving back to Twilight by offering constructive criticism and encouragement as well as taking to heart her experiences with friendship and with Twilight. However, I have two problems with this scene. The first is that Twilight’s friends appear shallow. They essentially tell her to get out of bed, cheer up, and be happy. You know, tactics that NEVER WORK, and I don’t just mean in fiction. If you see a person fail miserably at something with their mood dampening accordingly, would telling them to cheer up and be happy really work? No shit that it won’t because the person’s problems haven’t been solved or even tackled in some way. Compounding my problem with the scene is that they are her closest friends and even family to her, so why weren’t they willing to ask her if she could talk about her feelings and how they could try to help her through her problems? This was scene was definitely an attempt to show how far Starlight has come and maybe even that there is something Starlight can do that the others couldn’t, but I can’t figure out what that is, so the scene doesn’t work as well as it should have because it was at the expense of those other relevant characters, especially when those relevant characters didn’t muster up much effort in trying to help Twilight. And I even feel that at least one of the characters could’ve even done what Starlight did. AJ for example is the element of honesty, which means telling a hard truth. She did that in her season 4 key episode, so this concept isn’t foreign to her. Fluttershy figured that their current method for running the school was inefficient, so she could’ve said something. All of them knew that things weren’t working out for anyone, and being close friends means that expressing their inner feelings to each other should always be an option (“Green Isn’t Your Color” was about that). Of course, actually being able to actually do that isn’t so easy, but not considering the option to actually have Twilight talk about her feelings is still an issue. I don’t know how this scene could’ve been done differently, but the bottom line is that Twilight’s friends had to half-ass their efforts so Starlight would have an excuse to intervene. My second problem with this scene sounds petty (and is more of a flaw of the show), but I’m gonna say it anyways. Why the hell did Twilight never get a moment like this with Celestia? In fact, why the hell did the show never let Twilight interact with Celestia? Sure there were moments of interaction, but they were too minor and don’t help either characters. The two did get some personal interactions. TWICE. In the entire show. So 2 interactions out of almost 200 episodes as of this writing. That should speak for itself. The first was way back in season 2 with “Lesson Zero”, and that actually should’ve been start of doing more between the two as Twilight’s problems in that episode stemmed from fear of disappointing Celestia. The second interaction happens later in the season during the episode “Horse Play” later during this season, but I’ve already given my say about that. To sum it up, it does nothing for Celestia because the show fucked her up beyond repair. In a way, my initial question must sound strange as Twilight is always helping Celestia, but the reverse doesn’t happen nearly as often because Twilight solving yet another one of Celestia’s problems doesn’t make Twilight look effective and rather makes the latter look ineffective. So I’m really posing that question under the assumption that Celestia has been a major help to Twilight, thus my true complaint is that Starlight gets to interact and have personal moments with Twilight, but the show didn’t let Twilight do the same with Princess Celestia. Wouldn’t it have been enlightening and maybe even eye-opening to be able to compare and contrast the two relationships, the two different methods of learning and teaching (both ways), and see how Twilight applied what she gathered from her own experience with Celestia? Twilight enters the throne room and declares to her friends that she wants to try again with the School of Friendship. By the way, what were her friends supposed to be doing in there? Last time, they were in Twilight’s room and failed to cheer her up. Now, they’re goofing off in the throne room. I don’t know what would cause them to go from being at Twilight’s room and showing concern to this. I hope they were thinking of what to do next for Twilight while killing time at the very least. Anyways, they don’t take the news too well with RD immediately recounting her negative experience as a teacher, and it’s still weird that she and the others don’t remember that their classes went more positively at first, so Twilight’s intervention apparently must have hit them that hard. But Twilight admits that following the EEA instead of her friends was a dumb move and allows them to teach as they please. But the school still isn’t approved and lost all of its students. Twilight’s friends attempt to get back the foreign students, but no such luck because those students ditched their homes to stay together. The closure of the school came rather suddenly, and the Student 6 were goofing off right before that happened, so I don’t know how they managed to plan their escape to a specific location so easily. The representatives and/or leaders from the other kingdoms head to the Canterlot throne room (too bad Queen Novo couldn’t bother showing her face despite her niece being missing) to threaten war at each other for possibly hiding (or maybe kidnapping) the students. All that just for one motherfucker (from each kingdom)? They didn’t even think of finding more clues. Twilight even remarked that the students learned friendship since they wanted to stay together. Even though that remark doesn’t immediately help or even prove anything because there is still a chance of one of the kingdoms having kidnapped them from the representatives’ POV, it hardly looks like any of them put much thought into their actions and decisions. They’re really just looking for an excuse to attack because they’re apparently not as civilized as the ponies who more frequently practice friendship. And if a war did break out, I doubt Princess Celestia would survive. Note that I said Celestia, not Equestria. That alicorn is fucking worthless, remember? It wouldn’t be above the writers to have her killed to emphasize the gravity of a situation because they pull a similar stunt like that all the time. By the way, is that old griffon really the leader or an important figure in Griffonstone? Season 5 hardly suggested either of those. Princess Celestia tells Twilight to find the missing students. By the way, the only thing Princess Celestia does in this 2-part episode is talk. So, she (and Luna) will continue to sit on their asses as usual in a 2-part episode. At least the show is consistent with making sure useless high authority figures stay useless. The main characters try to figure things out at Sugarcube Corner, and the pony of the Student 6 happens to show up for an order of cupcakes. What a nice coincidence. Twilight and co. could have just as easily done their discussion in the crystal castle, but they do it at Sugarcube Corner so they’ll be able to meet a pony student who wants a food item that can be also be obtained from Sugarcube Corner. That pony student could’ve gotten anything else like hayburgers and fries for his group and never encounter the Mane 6, leaving them to a possible wild goose chase. AJ and Rarity noted that they saw that pony student getting other items, but they didn’t figure out what he might have been up to until Pinkie mentioned what he might be doing with the cupcakes. Like I said, if that pony student didn’t show his face to order cupcakes, the Mane 6 would’ve been stuck. We cut to the students hanging out at the Castle of the Two Sisters, and I don’t know the in-universe reason for choosing to stay there. The out-of-universe explanation is that the castle is in the Everfree Forest, a mysterious and potentially dangerous area, which would give the episode an excuse to get the Student 6 into trouble so the Mane 6 can find and rescue them. And that’s what happens. A bunch of wild creatures attack them, and the students don’t know how to answer the situation. The yak student even declares that they will stay together and they put their front limbs together as a visual sign of that declaration, which doesn’t solve anything, so I don’t know what they were hoping for. But like I said, the Mane 6 show up to rescue them and send away the wild creatures. Seeing their teachers in action finally gets the students to respect them (good thing they haven’t heard anything good about the alicorn sisters because if they did, they’d be sorely disappointed). It’s still strange that literally everyone forgot about the initially positive experience at the school, but whatever again. The students are convinced to come back to the school so they can continue to stick together, which is where we cut to next. Twilight clears Neighsay’s magical lock on the school, which causes him to show up right afterward. Too bad a certain princess or 2 isn’t this active when they perceive trouble. He goes on a tirade about what he observed during the last 3 minutes of the part 1 of the episode, and claims that the school was too much of a disaster to keep around. Insert comment about the irony of the school being a disaster because it followed the EEA regulations. And Neighsay somehow thinks it’s smart to provoke the foreigners again. He was apparently oblivious to their angry reactions from the previous episode, but his move is still a stupid one in and of itself. But Twilight shoots back by saying that the school doesn’t need the EEA’s approval to function. She also comments, and I quote, that every friendship is special, so the way they teach it has to be just as unique. I don’t know how much water that statement holds, but she should’ve said that friendship is such a social concept that it needs to be experienced as lecturing in front of a classroom can only do so much. Princess Celestia steps in and reminds Neighsay that different species of ponies had to change their lifestyles to accommodate each other. One might be tempted to say that Celestia did contribute something by saying that line, but I can’t figure out what that might be as any other pony (i.e. Twilight) could’ve said that line to the same effect. Neighsay then leaves in a huff because there’s nothing he can do at this point. The school is reopened, and the characters sing a musical number about enjoying themselves (again). There was a scene with Starlight at a classroom in front of the students, so it looks like she’ll be doing her share of teaching as well. And the foreign students stick around. I mean, what would’ve been the point of giving them all this screentime if they were going to quickly leave? I can’t say that I care much for the episode because it introduces some new gimmicks (i.e. a school of friendship and a newly formed group of friends) when it had (emphasis) better things to do, e.g. expanding on alicorn lore. But nope. Even in this episode, being an alicorn princess still meant nothing. The show generally likes to do something huge and even status-quo-shattering in its 2-part episodes, and “School Daze” was no different. It’s just too bad that their attempts at doing something huge and status-quo-changing have always failed even if the episode itself wasn’t bad because of some unintentional stupidity that the show has already established. And it’s not like the show can ignore the major changes and events that previously happened because that would mean a colossal waste of time, effort, and resources. The only way I could actually care about the changes that happened in this episode even a little bit is for the show as it is to be transformed into a completely different show. And even though the episode didn’t have a big entity of darkness trying to destroy or conquer Equestria, it isn’t too different from a typical 2-parter with Twilight getting the lion’s share of the focus because she’s the princess of friendship and also wielding powerful magic, the other alicorns doing nothing, and Twilight’s friends getting only slightly more to do than the other alicorns so they don’t end up looking completely useless since they’re also main characters. Starlight got noticeably more meaningful screentime than the others in this episode, which I already gave my thoughts on. Sure, Twilight’s friends get to work at the school, but who else would the workers be? Otherwise, more screentime would need to be devoted to more new characters. Certain characters have already been screwed over by a lack of attention over many previous seasons, and introducing more new characters (including the students) would only compound the problem. One last thing I could comment on is about Chancellor Neighsay since he and his attitude got plenty of focus. And the episode went out of its way to emphasize his stiff and racist mentality, so that’s a decent start. I don’t know if his stupidity is intentional or not however, but I will still say that I found it kind of annoying and even unreasonable. For example, he didn’t even think about what having a school that mainly teaches friendship would entail. A way for ponies to protect themselves from dangerous enemies? Really? Twilight even mentioned Friends and Family Day, so what did he think the event would be about? Why would it be about friends and families in a (friendly or not) duel to showcase their combative prowess? Then, he thinks that other species might try to use friendship against them, which may sound reasonable on paper, but that can also happen between pony friends themselves. And why does he think that ponies are superior to other species? Beats me. He also thinks that insulting the other species in front of their faces won’t lead to trouble. If one of them does retaliate, he would just say, “See? I told you they were dangerous!” while being oblivious to the fact that he was picking a fight. I don’t know what purpose Neighsay was supposed to serve other than to be a dick, and the lack of insight into his opinions don’t help. The main characters struggling to work in a school for the first time would have been enough of a conflict for the episode. Neighsay may have said that the teachers were unqualified, and he might be right in a sense because the students were falling asleep and cutting class, but that notion gets shot down when the musical montage first showed the students and teachers doing well, so the Mane 6 was doing something right before Twilight stepped in. The episode could’ve just started with the Mane 6 immediately teaching according to EEA guidelines and then showing all of the trouble that ensued. Of course, there’s the question of how any school manages to stick around if such guidelines for teaching seemed so ineffective, but that’s a question for another time. If the Mane 6, especially Twilight, later finds out that nobody was interesting in attending the school, Neighsay’s first 2 reasons for closing down the school (irresponsible teachers and students skipping class) could hold more water. Other than what I’ve already commented on while recapping the episode, there isn’t much else I can add at the moment. Was it bad? I can’t say that it was awful in the same vein as “Twilight’s Kingdom” or “The Cutie Re-Mark”. But I can’t label it as good since it definitely didn’t interest me for reasons I’ve already given. Then again, the episode came way past the show’s last chance to be a great show, and now it’s stuck with the bullshit it has long built.
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    1. Number95

      Number95

      Hello. Welcome to the forums.

    2. Shining Star

      Shining Star

      Thanks I joined on Thursday at 7:28 AM.

    3. Shining Star

      Shining Star

      wanna be friends?